End of the Cold War and the fall of the USSR

  • Reagan's military buildup

    5-year 1.5 trillion defence program included the MX ICBM and the Trident II SLBM and some funds for the Strategic Defense Initiative.
  • Gorbachev announced temporary moratorium

  • Replacement of long time foreign minister Andrei Gromkyo with Edward Shevardnadze

  • Reykjyavik Summit

    did not suceed because Reagan refused to scrap the SDI
  • INF Treaty

    marked a turning point as nuclear weapons were drastically reducded
  • Gorbachev's speech at the UN

    Totally different from the other leaders as he endorsed Sinatra Doctrine
  • Solidarity wins Polish elections

  • Fall of Berlin Wall

  • Union Treaty

  • August Coup